Monochrome Monday… Midland Railway-Butterley on Paterson Acupan

'Devious' Diesel‘Devious’ Diesel
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 – 1/4000s, f8, – Paterson Acupan 800 rated at ISO 1600

A couple of images from a sheet of negatives that turned up while I was looking for something else yesterday…

For a while in the late 1990s Paterson Photographic sold their own brand of film with both ISO 200 and 800 emulsions being available.

Pushing the ISO 800 film one stop really accentuated the grain but I love the effect on these images, taken at my local heritage railway, the Midland Railway-Butterley.

‘Devious’ Diesel is a character in the Thomas the Tank Engine books (I’ve probably still got my childhood copy of ‘Duck and the Diesel Engine’ squirrelled away somewhere…) and the fibreglass face is being worn here by British Railways class 08 diesel shunter 08590 (built in 1959 at Crewe).

The other diesel loco in these images is probably Andrew Barclay Sons & Co Ltd 0-4-0DM No.2 (works no.416 of 1957) that was preserved at Butterley after it was withdrawn from use at Castle Donington Power Station.

Water craneWater crane
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 – 1/4000s, f8, – Paterson Acupan 800 rated at ISO 1600

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scans with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… 1955 Pontiac Star Chief

1955 Pontiac Star Chief1955 Pontiac Star Chief
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 66mm, 1/420s, f11, ISO 200

Following on from yesterday’s piece of Americana, today it’s the turn of this 1955 Pontiac Star Chief… both vehicles (and many more) were photographed at MFN‘s ‘American ‘n’ Classic Car ‘n’ Truck ‘n’ Bike’ show on Sunday.

The Star Chief was manufactured by General Motors’ Pontiac division between 1954 and 1966 and this particular example is powered by a 287 cu in (4.7l) V8 engine.

The two wide ‘silver streaks’ and the ‘Indian’ hood ornament caught my eye; the latter apparently lights up when the car’s headlights are turned on!

Monochrome Monday… Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019

Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019.jpgShady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Another image from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

I’ve no idea what kind of tree this is, I just loved the texture and the shadows… The shady spot it created was welcome on this particularly sunny spring day too!

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… ‘Purveyors of High Class Meat’

Purveyors of High Class MeatPurveyors of High Class Meat
Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program, F-Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 640

A fantastic ‘ghost’ sign, spotted in Belper, Derbyshire in January this year… Although now a kitchen and bathroom showroom I do vaguely remember this building being a butcher’s shop.

Another image from the first roll of film through my Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… Fat Stan

Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 95mm, 1/250s, f2.8, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was local rock band Fat Stan, strutting their stuff in the Crossed Pistons Saloon at the Rock and Blues Custom Show in Derbyshire.

I don’t think I’ve ever had such good access to a stage as I did here, not only that but I’d got two massive bikers keeping a watchful eye on my gear!

Fat Stan, July 2009.jpgFat Stan, July 2009
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 31mm, 1/250s, f6.3, ISO 1600

Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM at 17mm, 1/30s, f5.3, ISO 1600

Monochrome Monday… Mama Jane’s Pizza & Chicken

Mama Jane's Pizza & ChickenMama Jane’s Pizza & Chicken
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S, 1/250s, f4, Kodak T-Max P3200

This is one of four shots taken during a short walk through Derby to The Brunswick Inn in January…

The centre-weighted metering of the Nikon F-301 made a surprisingly good job of this scene, when the dark nights roll around again I’ll have another go at shots like this…

Scan by Ag Photo Lab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.